Look thou character, Give thy thoughts no tongue,
Nor any unproportion’d thought his act.
Be thou familiar, but by no means vulgar;
Those friends thou hast, and their adoption tried,
Grapple them unto thy soul with hoops of steel,
But do not dull thy palm with entertainment
Of each new-hatch’d, unfledg’d courage.
Beware of entrance to a quarrel, but being in,
Bear’t that th’opposed may beware of thee.
Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice;
Take each man’s censure, but reserve thy judgment.
Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy,
But no express’d in fancy; rich, not gaudy;
For the apparel oft proclaims the man,
Neither a borrower nor a lender be,
For loan oft loses both itself and friend,
And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.
This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow as the night the day
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
Go vote. It makes you feel big and strong.
As this is the last occasion on which Justice Gummow will sit with all of us before his retirement I wish to make some remarks by way of farewell. […]
All of his colleagues count Justice Gummow as a friend. We are going to miss his company and his sharp, incisive and often humorous conversation. We thank him for his friendship and the great contribution he has made, from which all of us and the nation have benefited. We know that his retirement will not be restful. We wish him well in it.
Ms Francis, I have read your affidavit material and I understand the basis on which you are applying for an extension of time is that your printer broke down and that caused the delay of nine days.
I remember going to see Van She just after the release of V in 2008. Much like the subjects, I was going through the travails of late adolescence, and as such, like many of their contemporaries (Arctic Monkeys, Cut Copy, Friendly Fires) their songs about girls, sex and pills struck a definite resonance. As such they were popular amongst the hip late teens, and have garnered a pretty strong following since.
With word of an upcoming album the all important direction was a question that never seemed to be answered. It has been close to 4 years since the last release, so fan were quite in the dark to what direction the new recording would take.
Well it seems the innocent and probably hot Kelly, has grown in to Sarah, who’s 21 (21!), and still doesn’t seem to have a fucking clue what she’s doing.
And to be honest neither do Van She. Even though still hitting the heights with electrifyingly great gigs, the late post-punk sound of low-fi guitar and indie pop, has given way to way more pop and much less guitar on Idea of Happiness. In fact, the hook in Sarah sounds very much an M83 creation. Tears sounds straight out of the Friendly Fires copybook.
Even though the album is an easy listen I was left a little disappointed given the potential garnered by the big hit Idea of Happiness. The strengths of tracks like We Move On is let down by the sheer unoriginality of the majority. Buy it to support good Australian musicians, but don’t expect groundbreaking things.